Dry conditions creating problems for farmers, crops

Randall Moore spent his Friday – and his birthday – putting out fires on his farm.

"Right up in here.  Went down and then caught that and shot it out the back," Moore explained about how a broken combine bearing caused a field fire.  Two acres of his West Paducah property were burned.  

"Tried to stomp it out. But, the more I stomped, the bigger it got," Moore told Local 6.

Moore said the dry conditions didn’t help in trying to keep it under control.  He was on his last soy bean harvest of the season.  "It’s sickening.  Heartbreaking," he recalled.

Duane Hawes with the Benton Fire Department said it just takes one spark to cause a fire. With no moisture on the ground, a single flame can do serious damage.

"It’s drier this year than a normal year," he said. Hawes said it’s not uncommon to experience field fires this late into the year.  "This is the time of year when people start mowing their leaves and lots of their mowers will overheat and they will ignite the leaves," Hawes said.

Moore said much of his soy bean crops will survive, but rain would be a welcome relief.  "It’s usually a lot drier.  Normally we have a lot more rain," Moore said.

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